Butterflies, Boys & Bubbly - By Guest Blogger Catherine Breslin
Thursday, 32 nervous Roses arrived to the Salthill Hotel, Galway, with excited anticipation of meeting their Escorts for the Festival ahead. The Roses were ushered quickly to their bedrooms to prepare for the evenings festivities, whilst the Escorts sat waiting upon a bus, that was curtailed on it’s journey, at Salthill’s Promenade, until all 2013’s Roses were safely inside & out of sight!
With a rousing applause, the Escorts acknowledged their female charges as they lined out on the hotel terrace. As dusk fell & the sun began to retreat, the enthusiastic pairings arrived in to a Champagne reception where some welcome comic relief was provided to the nervous bunch of 64, by an impromptu appearance from Brendan Grace. This set the tone for the fun to come that evening!
Executive chef Tony Ryan, prepared a sumptuous feast and as the sun set in Galway Bay there was no sign of the spirit of the evening dwindling. Escorts moved from table to table, after each course, in a speed dating effort, to mingle with as many of the lovely Roses as possible. Anticipations were rising as to who would be paired with who for the festival!
Although entertainment was on hand for the evening, the Escorts and Roses needed little encouragement to commence their own spirited versions of songs. The lively lot went their separate ways at a respectable early hour, eager for the morning to come and their ties to be revealed!